David Allen Parr joined the Parachute Regiment in April 1980 and undertook P Company as a member of 465 Platoon in June 1980. After Passing Out on 5 December 1980 he was posted to 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA).
Private Parr served in Northern Ireland on Operation Banner.
In April 1982 he headed to the Falkland Islands on MV Norland on Operation Corporate as a member of 3 Section, 11 Platoon, D Company, 2 PARA.
He was wounded during the night fighting at Goose Green, by a bullet lodged in his webbing causing a large burn to his stomach. Helivaced to a field hospital in Ajax Bay he decided that he wanted to return to his unit after being ‘patched up’.
Pte Parr was subsequently killed in a friendly fire incident involving a ‘stray’ 105 mm light gun on the final phase of the attack on Wireless Ridge.
On 2 December 1982, Pte Parr had a full military funeral at St Michael’s Church in Oulton Broad.
Profile Photo from Ron Webster.